An emergency town hall meeting called in the aftermath of the fatal shooting of a 16-year-old boy ended in chaos Wednesday night as the teen’s family and residents demanded answers from Los Angeles County sheriff’s officials.
Deputies executed Anthony Weber during a foot chase Sunday evening. They said they spotted a handgun tucked into his pants. It was a lie. Investigators never recovered a weapon.
Now people are pissed off.
According to the Los Angeles Times, the year-old Sheriff Civilian Oversight Commission — a nine-person board appointed by the L.A. County Board of Supervisors to monitor the Sheriff’s Department — called the crisis meeting to quell tensions between the community and the law enforcement agency.
John Weber, the teen’s father, brought an enlarged cellphone photograph of his son lying on the ground.
“Where’s the gun?” he asked. “I know where the bullets are, they’re right in my baby’s back.”
Sheriff’s officials were silent. What could they say. Their thug deputy murdered the teen in cold blood.
At least 150 people showed up to the forum, held at New Congregational Missionary Baptist Church in South L.A.
“You killed a 16-year-old!” another man screamed.
The boy’s brother, also named John Weber, also addressed sheriff’s officials. “Was my brother murdered? Yes or no?” he asked.
“Yes!” others in the crowd screamed.
At one point, the younger Weber asked a sheriff’s captain if his brother’s family or community was “due something.”
“Absolutely not,” Capt. Christopher Bergner replied.
The angry group then convened around the panel, prompting authorities to end the meeting early. Bergner’s response didn’t sit well with those on the oversight panel.